Marca: Arsenal forward travels to Spain ahead of deadline day move
By Aramide Oladipo
Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has travelled to Spain ahead of securing a deal with La Liga side Real Betis on the final day of the transfer window, according to a report.
Spanish outlet Marca claims that the 25-year-old is set to land in Spain on Thursday afternoon to finalise a season-long loan move to the Andalusia club.
The newspaper claims that the Spanish outfit do not have the option to sign the attacker on a permanent basis at the end of his loan spell.
The report claims that the deal will be made official by the La Liga side in the upcoming hours.
Since securing a permanent deal with the Gunners in 2011, Campbell has spent the majority of his career out on loan abroad.
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The forward enjoyed a loan spell with Betis during the 2012-13 campaign where he impressed, providing two goals and three assists in all competitions.
Campbell was given the opportunity to impress in the Arsenal first-team during the 2015-16 season where he was inconsistent but he still managed to contribute with four goals and six assists in 31 appearances.
The Costa Rica international currently has two years remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
Football Insider verdict
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain securing a move to Premier League rivals Liverpool on deadline day, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would surely be inclined to give Campbell a chance to excel in the first-team this season. The forward was becoming a firm favourite amongst the fans two years ago with his displays with Arsenal but he has not been allowed to kick on and progress as a player. Campbell is a very talented footballer and sooner or later, he will surely become disillusioned with his role at the Emirates Stadium and decide to leave the club on a permanent basis in the near-future.
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